Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Will Hagle
AnyRoad is a worldwide, curated marketplace for creative and niche tours. It promotes responsible travel, as each tour benefits a local non-profit and the local economy.
AnyRoad is a tour booking site that helps travelers find unique guides that will take them to relatively unknown destinations within the country they are visiting. The site was started in order to provide an alternative to the mainstream tours that take place in cities around the world, where guides take multiple groups to the same crowded locations and tourist spots. While there is some value in traversing a city in a double decker bus while hearing historical facts from a guide using a microphone, it’s tough to beat the experience of traveling around an area with a local who’s able to give direct, personal insight. Those are the types of guides with which AnyRoad connects its users. Each guide also has his or her own profile on the site, which details background information about the individual as well as the tours he or she offers through AnyRoad.
As of now, AnyRoad only offers tour guides in a few locations: San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Israel, the UK, Rio de Janeiro and South Africa. You can set one of those destinations as a filter and then search for an activity or city within one of the countries mentioned before a long list of tours is displayed. You can further filter your tours by category — with Art/Architecture, Outdoors/Nature, Nightlife, Sustainability and several more as options. Each tour details the exact cost, starting point, available dates, price and duration. Booking the tour can be completed directly from within AnyRoad’s system. Another way in which the site differentiates itself from other tour booking websites is that 5% of the profits are donated to a nonprofit organization that benefit the various communities in which tours are offered. This aspect of the site, as well as the ability to thoroughly research guides and find unique alternatives to typical tours, makes AnyRoad the preferred destination for booking tours online.